Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.
Friday, August 19, 2016
THOMAS HYDER - 1928
On Aug. 22, 1928, Denver Fire Dept. Pumper 21 collided with a coal truck at Virginia Avenue and South Clarkson Street, killing Thomas M. Hyder, 29, the pumper's driver. Three other firefighters were injured. The driver of the coal truck was also injured and said he didn't see or hear Pumper 21 until he was in the intersection, according to historical research by Assistant Chief Gregory Taft posted on the fire department's Facebook page.